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22nd May '17 5:11:06 PM Drcynic24
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** Season 4 was really the beginning of the end. After the first three strongly rated seasons, a major shift began to occur in Season 4, which relied heavily on guest stars and ratcheting up the camp (even for an admittedly campy show). On top of that the show suffered serious production problems during Season 4. Finally, mercurial lead actor George Peppard and breakout star Mr. T began to have serious problems with each other (which caused the aforementioned re-tool, and casting of RobertVaughn, a friend of Peppard's, who it was thought would calm the waters).
4th May '17 11:31:32 AM BabyM
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* For ''Series/NorthernExposure,'' the trouble started at the beginning of the fifth season, when the series got a new {{Showrunner}} who openly despised the show's basic premise--calling it [[http://www.rogerebert.com/demanders/magical-realism-nothern-exposure-25-years-later "...something I couldn't understand."]]--and admittedly [[MoneyDearBoy only took the job for the paycheck]]. The decline accelerated the following year after Joel Fleischman left and was replaced as town doctor by the uninspiring Phil Capra.
4th May '17 7:27:05 AM RippenFan33
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* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' had gone from being 3rd place in the Nielsen charts in its first season to 27th place in the second, and failed to really recover from the ratings drop, due to ExecutiveMeddling at ABC. The network wanted to appeal more to a [[WereStillRelevantDammit younger, hipper crowd]], jettisoning Mindy's parents as regular characters, introducing more and more bizarre or cartoonish characters to the show to play off Creator/RobinWilliams (granted, formerly one-shot character Exidor [[EnsembleDarkhorse did get a bit of popularity rivaling Mork]] when he was featured in episodes), and the show [[DeaderThanDisco was given a disco rearrangement]]. The executives also wanted Mindy to [[JiggleShow dress more sexually with more cleavage and curves]], before Robin stepped in and protested. This, along with [[FridayNightDeathSlot a move from Thursday night to Sunday night]], introducing special guests like Raquel Welch and [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Barbara Billingsley]] and moving its stories from the "space alien observes Earth customs" theme [[StrangledByTheRedString to making Mindy and Mork a couple]] (and later, a married couple with a child played by Robin's idol JonathanWinters) did not help ratings at all. The show struggled on until its cancellation in 1982.

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* ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' had gone from being 3rd place in the Nielsen charts in its first season to 27th place in the second, and failed to really recover from the ratings drop, due to ExecutiveMeddling at ABC. The network wanted to appeal more to a [[WereStillRelevantDammit younger, hipper crowd]], jettisoning Mindy's parents dad & grandma as regular characters, introducing more and more bizarre or cartoonish characters to the show to play off Creator/RobinWilliams (granted, formerly one-shot character Exidor [[EnsembleDarkhorse did get a bit of popularity rivaling Mork]] when he was featured in episodes), and the show [[DeaderThanDisco was given a disco rearrangement]]. The executives also wanted Mindy to [[JiggleShow dress more sexually with more cleavage and curves]], before Robin stepped in and protested. This, along with [[FridayNightDeathSlot a move from Thursday night to Sunday night]], introducing special guests like Raquel Welch and [[Series/LeaveItToBeaver Barbara Billingsley]] and moving its stories from the "space alien observes Earth customs" theme [[StrangledByTheRedString to making Mindy and Mork a couple]] (and later, a married couple with a child played by Robin's idol JonathanWinters) did not help ratings at all. The show struggled on until its cancellation in 1982.
28th Apr '17 6:23:51 PM asten
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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': Minor example. The first season was a bit confused but Season 2 established the tone of the show better. Despite some problems with Season 4, due to Sorbo suffering an aneurysm, it remained constantly good through out its run. But Season 5 was REALLY good. It introduced a main villain, had much more drama, introduced deconstruction elements towards TheCape archetype, had Hercules facing mythical figures from other lands and legends, and was just really well done. Season 6 was cut short due to Kevin Sorbo being done with the role and had to be wrapped up. It was good but Season 5 left a high bar.

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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': Minor example. The first season was a bit confused but Season 2 established the tone of the show better. Despite some problems with Season 4, due to Sorbo suffering an aneurysm, it remained constantly good through out its run. But Season 5 was REALLY good. It introduced a main villain, had much more drama, introduced deconstruction elements towards TheCape archetype, had Hercules facing mythical figures from other lands and legends, and was just really well done. Season 6 was cut short due to Kevin Sorbo being done with the role and had to be wrapped up. It was good but Season 5 left a high bar.
21st Apr '17 10:05:56 PM Jediuser
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* For many fans, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' seems to have peaked in series 2. Series 3 is seen as a (slight) let down [[ToughActToFollow compared to what came before it]], while the Christmas Special, "The Abominable Bride", is [[BrokenBase split among the fandom]]. Series 4 had broken the base even further, particularly the final episode, "The Final Problem." Common complaints among fans are the sidelining of mystery solving in favor of soap opera-y character drama, particularly that between Sherlock, John, and Mary, which was further compounded [[spoiler:in the final episode with the introduction of Sherlock's long-lost sister, Euros,]] and the plots becoming ever-more ridiculous to the point where many events felt like an {{Asspull}}.

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* For many fans, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' seems to have peaked in series 2. Series 3 is seen as a (slight) let down [[ToughActToFollow compared to what came before it]], while the Christmas Special, "The Abominable Bride", is [[BrokenBase split among the fandom]]. Series 4 had broken the base even further, particularly the final episode, "The Final Problem." Common complaints among fans are the sidelining of mystery solving in favor of soap opera-y character drama, particularly that between Sherlock, John, Weaker plotlines and Mary, which was further compounded [[spoiler:in the final episode with writing, the introduction of Sherlock's long-lost sister, Euros,]] the extremely divisive Eurus, increasingly unbelievable one-upping plot twists and a controversial potential final episode that borders on (if not outright falls into) Jumping the plots becoming ever-more ridiculous Shark made it fail to live up to its beloved predecessors, which even some supporters of the point where many events felt like an {{Asspull}}. season admit.
20th Apr '17 5:42:28 AM Jediuser
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** Season 3 is seen by many to be a comedown after the near-universally praised season 2 left a ToughActToFollow. While it was praised for providing previously disliked characters such as [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Laurel and Thea some much needed development]], it was also derided for excessive flashbacks, pacing issues, and the removal of fan favorite characters Sara and, later on, Roy. Ra's al Ghul was also seen as a less compelling villain than Deathstroke due to his general lack of motivation and development, which led to a finale that was viewed as anticlimactic and formulaic.
** Whether or not Season 4 is any better is a [[BrokenBase point of contention among critics and fans]]. While it did make some notable improvements to Season 3, such as providing a more compelling villain with Damien Dahrk, changing the status quo for its cast and giving compelling story arcs to characters such as Diggle and Thea, it was also criticized for its RomanticPlotTumor, which led to Felicity going from the series' EnsembleDarkhorse to the show's [[CreatorsPet most overused character]]. Also, like Season 3, the second half is said to have lost momentum, as the show once again indulged in pointless flashback sequences and introduced a contrived and easily resolved nuclear apocalypse threat. The season finale, ''Schism'', had ended the season on a sour note, with some going so far as to call it one of the series' worst episodes.

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** Season 3 is seen by many to be a comedown after the near-universally praised season 2 left a ToughActToFollow. While it was praised for providing previously disliked characters such as [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap Laurel and Thea some much needed development]], it was also derided for excessive flashbacks, pacing issues, underwritten plot points (such as Oliver becoming Ra's al Ghul's apprentice and then [[spoiler: revealing in the very next episode that it was all an act]]), and the removal of fan favorite characters Sara and, later on, Roy. Ra's al Ghul was also seen as a less compelling villain than Deathstroke due to his general lack of motivation and development, which led to a finale that was viewed as anticlimactic and formulaic.
** Whether or not Season 4 is any better is a [[BrokenBase [[ContestedSequel point of contention among critics and fans]]. While it did make some notable improvements to Season 3, such as providing a more compelling villain with Damien Dahrk, changing the status quo for its cast and giving compelling story arcs to characters such as Diggle and Thea, it was also criticized for its RomanticPlotTumor, which led to Felicity going from the series' EnsembleDarkhorse to the show's [[CreatorsPet most overused character]]. Also, like Season 3, the second half is said to have lost momentum, as the show once again indulged in pointless poorly-integrated flashback sequences and introduced a contrived and easily resolved nuclear apocalypse threat. The season finale, ''Schism'', had ended the season on a sour note, with some going so far as to call it one of the series' worst episodes.
19th Apr '17 7:15:03 PM Isaac_Heller
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** The first half of Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there's no coherent plot. The second half has also been receiving flack with [[spoiler:Hook]] revealed as the killer of David's father, [[AntiClimax the Split Queen arc ending with Regina absorbing some of the Evil Queen's darkness]] and [[KarmaHoudini her doppelganger getting her chance at a happy ending]] with [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wish!Robin]], and the BigBad generally being a rather underwhelming villain despite being the one prophesied to kill Emma.

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** The first half of Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there's no coherent plot. The second half has also been receiving flack with [[spoiler:Hook]] revealed as the killer of David's father, [[AntiClimax the Split Queen arc ending with Regina absorbing some of the Evil Queen's darkness]] and [[KarmaHoudini her doppelganger getting her chance at a happy ending]] with [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wish!Robin]], and the BigBad generally being a rather underwhelming villain despite being the one prophesied to kill Emma.Emma, with [[GreaterScopeVillain the one pulling his strings]] seen as something of a GenericDoomsdayVillain despite [[HamAndCheese a fun actress playing her.]]
19th Apr '17 7:11:51 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there's no coherent plot.

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** The first half of Season 6 has been met with scorn by many fans for [[AbortedArc abandoning the Land of Untold Stories concept a few episodes in]], [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasting several characters like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]], bringing in versions of Aladdin and Jasmine that were considered underwhelming, having a [[VillainDecay much campier and less threatening Evil Queen]] as the BigBad, bringing Rumple's behavior toward Belle to ''very'' uncomfortably abusive levels, adding further unwanted {{Retcon}}s, and generally feeling like there's no coherent plot. The second half has also been receiving flack with [[spoiler:Hook]] revealed as the killer of David's father, [[AntiClimax the Split Queen arc ending with Regina absorbing some of the Evil Queen's darkness]] and [[KarmaHoudini her doppelganger getting her chance at a happy ending]] with [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wish!Robin]], and the BigBad generally being a rather underwhelming villain despite being the one prophesied to kill Emma.
17th Apr '17 8:10:38 PM Premonition45
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** Season 14 (1997-98): A change to a more bombastic mix of the iconic JeopardyThinkingMusic, the widely-panned "sushi bar" set which was kept until 2002, the first video clues read by celebrities, and an increase in [[ThemeNaming themed]] and punny category names and travel shows.

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** Season 14 (1997-98): A change to a more bombastic mix of the iconic JeopardyThinkingMusic, the widely-panned "sushi bar" set which was kept until 2002, the first video clues read by celebrities, and an increase in [[ThemeNaming themed]] and punny category names and names, travel shows.shows, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and the removal of the podium microphones]].
** Season 17 (2000-01): Contestants no longer walking onstage in their introductions, and the Teen Tournament winner no longer being invited to the Tournament of Champions.


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** Season 25 (2008-09): Removal of the classic clue "pop-in" effect used since the 1984 premiere, and after this season without any popping-in effect, was replaced by another sound effect in the 2009-10 season.
12th Apr '17 12:53:32 PM Xoorligan
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* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': Season 7 had a few good episodes and some very memorable moments (i.e. "Playswithsquirrels"), but it was not very good overall. It had many [[DenserAndWackier wacky and cartoonish]] plotlines that didn't fit with the series, tons of MoodWhiplash between the wacky plotlines and serious plotlines, {{Flanderization}} up the wazoo, especially with Eric who went from being ditzy to being mentally insane, and just not as many laughs to be had. Fortunately, this was the final season and the finale ended the series on a good note.

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* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': Season 7 had a few good episodes and some very memorable moments (i.e. "Playswithsquirrels"), but it was not very good overall. It had many [[DenserAndWackier wacky and cartoonish]] plotlines that didn't fit with the series, tons of MoodWhiplash between the wacky plotlines and serious plotlines, {{Flanderization}} up the wazoo, especially with Eric who went from being ditzy to being mentally insane, borderline psychotic, and just not as many laughs to be had. Fortunately, this was the final season and the finale ended the series on a good note.
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